Motorola clearly tried to steal the show with its CES press conference (it did have cotton candy after all), but we have to admit that its new phones look pretty cool. Besides the Rokr E8, the company also introduced the video-centric Z10. Though its 3.2-megapixel camera may not sound very impressive--particularly with the 5-megapixel camera phones on the market--the Z10 offers a high-end video experience by recording and playing clips at a full 30 frames per second, which is equal to your television set. In contrast, most camera phones record and play at 15 frames per second, which accounts … Read more
As mentioned a few days ago, there seems to be an unlikely popularity surrounding hybrid mouse phones of the VoIP variety. But the one-two punch apparently isn't enough to automatically sew up the market, as evidenced by efforts to cram in even more functions ranging from earphones to instant messages.
This, however, is one we didn't see coming: a combination phone and roll-away keyboard. Along with the attached Skype keypad are a USB port and built-in speaker and microphone. The most notable selling points in its product description tout it as "washable and hygienic" as well … Read more
Motorola continues to make up for its dismal Rokr E1 with its new Rokr E8. Announced at the ultra-posh Wynn Hotel during a late-night press conference (we're not sure why Moto had to wait until 9 p.m. on a Sunday to do this), the E8 is one of two handsets Moto is announcing at CES 2008. And it won CNET's Best of CES in the cell phones and smartphones.
Music, of course, is a central theme here but the E8's real news lies with its unique "… Read more
Most Sony Ericssons tend to be on the pricey side, but every now and then the company gives us a more affordable model for the masses. Last year it rolled out the W200a, and at CES today, the company announced the W350a. At 0.41 inch wide, it sports a design we haven't seen for a while. The keypad is covered by a flap that folds down when you're on a call. The flap not only protects the keypad when it's not in use but it also allows you to get the feel of a flip phone. … Read more
Sony Ericsson is no stranger to unique cell phone design so we weren't surprised when we saw the new Sony Ericsson Z555a, introduced today at CES. The Z555a is a flip phone with a style-conscious diamond design in two color schemes: black or dusted rose. The external display is "hidden," meaning that it only shows when activated. I'm not a big fan of such displays--I like to see my screens at all times--but students of minimalism should be pleased.
Fortunately, the Z555a isn't all about design. It also offers a new "gesture control" … Read more
Sit back and enjoy the ride, 3G fans, as Sony Ericsson has a new cell phone for you. The company's W760, which it announced today at CES, is one of the first handsets to support wireless broadband networks around the globe. It offers support for three UMTS/HSDPA networks (850/900/2100), and as a quad-band world phone (GSM 850/900/1800/1900), it will make calls in most countries. The tri-band 3G support is especially welcome in the United States and Canada; the W760 is only Sony Ericsson's second 3G handset specifically for North America after the … Read more
At CES a day before it opens, and although I've been able to sneak into some of the exhibition halls with my press pass, security's wised up and closed the others off to all but people setting up. So I spent a few minutes in the Verizon-sponsored portion of the press booth playing with LG's Voyager 10000, a would-be competitor to the iPhone. They're asking $300 plus a two-year contract commitment--that's $99 cheaper than the least-expensive iPhone, but the Voyager comes with much less memory (this one had 300MB on board), so you'll have … Read more
It has been a while since Apple tinkered with the iPhone and its firmware. While the developer pack applications and free-for-all rages (For example, this week I saw a neat app that allows you to call internationally via VoIP-like interface; stay tuned), I keep getting notifications from fellow-iPhoners of leaks and teaser shots. Considering that the firmware update would be only a "1.1.3," all the screenshots and anticipation that have been featured by bloggerswho know a whole lot more than me, I still wonder (and am skeptical) if these features are forthcoming. I'd guess … Read more
We're not convinced that combo mouse phones are the way of the future but, hey, if there's a market for laptop trackballs then anything's possible. In fact, the competition is apparently heating up sufficiently so that manufacturers are vying to cram even more functions into the devices--the latest being an earphone.
Why? For "extra privacy," as Geek Alerts notes, though there's no microphone boom to whisper into. But we suppose one can't be too picky about a Skype phone combined with an 800 DPI optical mouse that goes for $22.
All too often Crave sees head-turning products that immediately activate our salivary glands, only to disappear forever. So we're always pleased when we hear of one that survived and is on its way to future generations, such as the Mobiado luxury phone.
We first became aware of the company's products exactly a year ago, when we were taken with its stunning "Luminoso" mobile handset. Now Mobiado has followed that model with the limited-edition "Stealth," a 3G phone that's also packed with high-end materials and features, such as sapphire crystal buttons and surround-sound speakers.… Read more